Three Hearts


Here's the thing. Relationships are hard; they take work. I know, right? Duh. I say this because I know how perfectly curated Instagram moments can present a fairytale-esque view of things. Don't get me wrong, I'm content in my relationship. But it hasn't always come easy. We argue and roll our eyes at each other and sometimes even go to bed angry (gasp!) It happens. It's okay. The important thing is that at the end of the day we still choose one another.

Becoming parents together is scary and has forced us to ask ourselves some very real and unexpected questions. Throw in some pregnancy hormones and we've got ourselves a real test to our commitment to one another. But I am and he is. And every day we work a little harder to strengthen us and be the best versions of ourselves not only together but separately. So that our son never has to question what real, hard love is.

I'm just now beginning to realize motherhood is shaping three hearts: mine, Joel's, and Walker's. It's terrifying and beautiful but on the days I have doubts, I fold myself against Joel's chest and I am reminded. We can do this. Because there's no one else I'd rather roll my eyes at.


Sister Sister

As some of you may know, my sister Elsa and I both happen to be pregnant at the same time. How cool is that?! She's due before me (next month!) and is having my first niece; I'm SO excited. It will be really neat to have Mila and Walker grow up as cousins so close in age, not to mention the special sister bond Elsa and I will share forever.

Naturally, we wanted to capture memories of this special time together so we had a little joint-maternity session over the weekend shot by my talented friend and photographer Tina Swain.

I'm so in love with how these turned out! Next month is my maternity session with Joel included and I can't wait for those. I'm taking as many photos as possible during this whole pregnancy because I just know I'm going to want to look back and remember this time so why not document it beautifully?

Skin Deep

Now that I'm in my 30's it's become apparent that it's time to adhere to a proper skincare regimen--gone are the days of going to sleep with makeup on (ew) or getting away with just using makeup wipes. The thing is, I have no idea where to start. Of course I want the unicorn of skincare. Something that is effective yet doesn't cost me an arm and a leg. I've tried No. 7 brand from Target and while I really love their night creams, their cleansers don't really do the trick and leave my skin feeling dry & tight. I've heard good things about Kate Somerville but have wondered if it's really worth the hype (and price tag).

So, now I'm asking you all: what are your go-to products for facial cleansers & moisturizers? I'd also love recommendations on good dark-circle creams. I'm sure they will only get worse once this baby boy pops out!

Friday Favorites

Back on my old blog, I used to write weekly "Currently" posts to share some of my favorite things/links of the moment, which I really loved so, I've decided to bring that feature back with some of my Friday Favorites.

ONE / dōTERRA diffuser + oils
Years ago when I used to work in a corporate setting I essentially wore heels to work every single day. This didn't prove to be the best idea seeing as how I was constantly walking from department to department and so by the end of the day my poor feet were not happy and as a result I started to get really bad aches and pains in my ankles, knees and joints. A vendor I worked with starting telling me about how his wife had just started selling oils that he and his family used to help with all sorts of ailments, and handed me a sample bottle. I listened and nodded politely but on the inside I was thinking, "WTF. I am not rubbing this shit on my feet." Fast forward to now, and you can't turn a page in a magazine without being bombarded by essential oil ads and all of their positive health effects. All my skepticality went out the window when a friend gifted me a diffuser at the start of my pregnancy when I was dealing with nausea and morning sickness. In my desperate research to alleviate the dreaded symptoms I read that sniffing lemons (for real) is a way to get rid of the nausea so I bought some lemon oil and--I kid you not, it totally worked! I remember around week 10 I spent the entire afternoon lying in bed diffusing lemon, sipping ginger ale and munching on saltines with those pink morning sickness wristbands on. I like to think my boyfriend's constant run to the store for all of those things was not in vain and they all played a part in making me feel better ;) Since then, I'm obsessed with trying different oils for different things. When I broke out in a random chest rash (isn't pregnancy so glamourous?) I tried lavender oil both in my diffuser and directly on my skin and within a week it was all but gone. I also use lavender to help me fall (and stay) asleep every night. I use 3 drops of lavender and one drop of Breathe in the diffuser and its light's out! I've been eyeing some of Savannah's oil sets over at @mamatribeoils that I want try try next. Let me know if there's any diffuser combos you love!

TWO / Marble
I know it's super on trend right now, but I am a big fan of the pretty texture--I even used variations of it for my blog design headers! I'm loving this marbled Easter egg DIY, marbled laptop hard case + this swim suit (somebody please buy this and wear it so my belly bump self can live vicariously through you).

THREE / Do-Hee Kim Design 
Do-Hee's Instagram popped up on my Explore feed and I promptly fell into the rabbit hole of checking out all of her amazing work. Her style of design is a huge inspiration and comes at the perfect time as I've started working on a small design project for a friend--more to come on that later. 

FOUR / 13 Reasons Why
Who else is watching this show?! Since my social nightlife has taken a mellow change, I've been binge-watching lots of TV (I balance it out with reading too, don't worry) and my latest favorite is 13 Reasons Why on Netflix. Without giving too much away, the show chronicles the lives of a group of highschool teenagers after a classmate commits suicide, and the events leading up to it. I'm about halfway through and I can't wait to see how it ends up. I finished Big Little Lies last week and if you haven't seen it yet I highly recommend that as well!

FIVE / Grocery store Monopoly
You guys. I realize this is SUPER dorky of me but I seriously love playing this. I live in California so my store is Safeway but I think Von's is the other one that participates too. Basically the way it works is you get a game board upon checkout and earn game pieces towards bigger prizes by shopping certain items at the store. They totally got me because I legit get excited to grocery shop. Joel will come home and find me crouched over the coffee table with my carefully-folded game board and dozens of game pieces strewn about. He thinks it's hilarious and adorable (I think). Oh, and if he does the shopping without me he knows he had better come home with my game pieces OR ELSE ;) Sure, I haven't won the million dollar prize (yet) but I have won some neat stuff like a $25 GAP giftcard, free groceries and my personal favorite--free bakery donut or bagel. Twice. It's the little things, people.

Download / Spring it On

Back when I freelanced as a graphic designer one of my favorite ways to stay inspired was to create desktop + phone wallpapers using either my own photography or awesome (free!) photography from sites like Unsplash. I found this floral beauty today and decided to pair it with a fun little saying that sprung (get it?) into my head. I hope wherever you are you're enjoying the season's sunshine!

Download β†’ Desktop / iPhone

Mood / Baby Shower

Now that we know we have a boy on the way I've started brainstorming baby shower ideas. I'm pretty settled on a desert/cactus/fiesta theme for our little cowboy. I created a moodboard and have been pinning like crazy!

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The party is in August so I have quite a while to get organized. Luckily I have amazing family + friends who are pretty stellar at throwing parties. Since I come from a really big Mexican family I'm having an all-girl one with them and then a separate co-ed shower with Joel + all our friends. If you know me, you know I'll find any excuse to throw a party and eat!

Le Petite Bump

My wonderfully talented friend Melissa was in town last week and offered to take some (albeit early) maternity photos of me. Even though at the time I was just sixteen weeks along and my bump basically just looks like I ate a bunch of tacos (let's be real, I have been eating a bunch of tacos), I love her style of photography so much I just couldn't pass up the opportunity.


Hello, Again

Can you believe it's been almost THREE YEARS since I've had a blog?! I had just ended a 6 year relationship and I felt like I needed to push the reset button on life. I needed let go of a lot of what was taking up too much of my time and contributing to my unhappiness--that included my freelance design business and eventually, blogging.

As you can imagine, a lot has happened since then. I still live in Sacramento and now work as the Marketing Director for a cluster of local bar/restaurants in midtown. I met the love of my life and we're now expecting a baby boy this September. Yes, you read that right, I'm going to be a mom. I'm beyond ecstatic and feel so grateful be living this life.

Lately, I've been missing having a space to write and share stories + photos (now more than ever). I'd been going back and forth with the idea and after an encouraging conversation with my friend Vanessa, decided to go for it. So, here I am (again)! I've kept up with most of my favorite bloggers via Instagram/Facebook but I'm excited to rejoin the good ol' blogging community and see what you've all been up to.

So what can you expect here, you ask? Most likely a lot of photo-journaling (since I'm obsessed with the camera on my iphone 7+--portrait mode is ridiculously awesome) documenting my pregnancy + outdoor adventures and other peeks into my life. Nothing earth-shattering; I'm not here to break the blogging mold ;)

It feels good to be back! Feel free to look around and be sure to say hi + leave your site link so I can catch up with you guys.